Friday, August 30, 2013

MSI Primo 81 - Another Apple iPad mini look-alike

The other day I was writing about the Ramos X10 Mini Pad, which is clearly an Apple iPad mini look-alike. The is another iPad mini look-alike which has hit the market, and this one comes closer to the mark, the MSI Primo 81.

The MSI Primo 81 has a 7.85 inch, 1024 x 768 pixel IPS display, which has the same size, resolution and aspect ratio as the display on the iPad mini. The MSI Primo 81 also comes in a aluminum case which is just a hair bit thicker than the iPad mini.

  • MSI Primo 81 - 200 x 135 x 7.8mm
  • Apple iPad mini - 200 x 134.7 x 7.2 mm
At 330g, the MSI Primo 81 comes pretty close to the 308g weight of the iPad mini too.

The MSI Primo 81 ships with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and is powered by a Allwinner A31s Quad core 1.0 GHz quad-core processor and PowerVR SGX544MP2 graphics. The MSI Primo 81 comes with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of built-in storage. Inter storage is expandable via a microSD card slot. Power is provided via a adequately sized 3500 mAh battery. The Ramos tablet has a VGA front camera, a 2MP rear camera, a HDMI port, WiFi and Bluetooth, but lacks GPS. Ironically, with HDMI out and USB-on-the-go support, this might actually make a better laptop replacement than the iPad mini.

Street price for the the MSI Primo 81 is at Php8,500, which is almost half the cost of an Apple iPad mini. 


  1. sound in this is very bad, you cant hear any thing even it is on full volume. spending money on this is not worthy.

  2. can we use the full memory for installing apps or limited memory for apps

  3. I'm a little bit confuse.."The Ramos tablet has a VGA front and a 2MP rear cameras"


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